What just happened in Syria is probably a war crime
After a UN aid convoy in Syria got bombed, not only has the ceasefire agreement in Syria probably come to an end, but the UN has also suspended all aid shipments to the country (this has happened before when the Geneva Talks collapsed). Ban Ki-Moon used his farewell address at the UN General Assembly on Sept. 20 to condemn the attack that also claimed the lives of at least 20 people.
“Just when you think it cannot get any worse, the bar of depravity sinks lower."
— UN Syria Commission (@UNCoISyria) September 20, 2016
Disgusted an aid convoy was hit this eve in Urum al-Kubra #Syria. Zero explanation for waging war on brave and selfless humanitarian workers
— Stephen O'Brien (@UNReliefChief) September 19, 2016
— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) September 20, 2016
18 vehicles of a 31-vehicle convoy and a warehouse belonging to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were destroyed with the US claiming it was Russian warplanes or a Syrian aircraft that bombed it.
Aid officials are still unsure about who the culprit was and don't have any conclusive evidence as of now.
UN backs off from original claim that attack on Syria Red Crescent convoy was "air strikes," noting lack of evidence https://t.co/s67EKcYhsY
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) September 20, 2016
Russia said the convoy was not struck from the air and it was some incident on the ground that made everything go up in flames. They say they haven't violated the ceasefire agreement. US on the other hand, has clearly done that when they performed airstrikes aimed at Islamic militants in the country but hit the Syrian army instead.
The incident is being called a war crime if it was deliberate because conditions in Syria are pretty bad after the prolonged civil war. Secretary of State John Kerry just had one thing to say:
"The ceasefire is not dead."
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